I have used Macromedia for years and was disappointed when they sold out to Adobe. Not that I have anything against Adobe as I have used their products for years as well. When they acquired Macromedia they made a great suite of expensive products economically untouchable to the average designer. I mean come on!
I am also an Xara user and find myself always coming back to the old reliable cost effective, full function, and ease of use products in the Xara family. One of the biggest hurdles is web design and needing something like Flash. I have never found a good way around it. Any thoughts?